Best Yoga Books of 2021
I don’t know about you, but I have been reading a ton during this pandemic. That might be one of the positive things coming out of these changing times. With less social commitments and not commuting to the Yoga studio, I have had more time and energy to cozy up to a book at night.
It could be the pandemic or it could be the fact I have 2 young kids and can’t go anywhere at night anyway! Regardless, I have gotten into a really great routine of reading for at least one hour after the kids are down – before I do any chores, Netflix watching or other work. It is the perfect way to end the day. I have been considering this part of my Sadhana (daily spiritual practice).
I wanted to share some of these amazing finds. Some of these books were written or published before 2021 and a few were recently released.
Check out this list just in time for the holiday season. They make the perfect gift for another wellness junkie in your life or for someone to start down the Yoga path.
The Secret Power of Yoga: A Women’s Guide To The Heart and Soul of The Yoga Sutras By: Devi, Nischala Joy
This is a powerful interpretation from a female perspective. The Yoga Sutras have been mostly translated by men. This heartfelt understanding of this ancient text offers a fresh look on the wisdom of Patanjali. Personally, I like a balance of both and also appreciate Swami Satchidananda’s translation as well. With the combination of the two you will get a rounded experience and explanation of the Yoga Sutras.
Charge & The Energy Body By:
Anodea Judith does it again. She has written many incredible Yoga Books on the Chakra System. In “Charge And The Energy Body” she describes energy as charge. She approaches the subtle body through our relationship and reactions to emotions. This powerful insight gives us the tools to harness our charge and balance our energies.
This comprehensive book on the Mudras gives excellent descriptions of mudras serving different purposes. From the chakra system to the 5 elements, mudras are offered to bring more support to our physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. We highly reccomend this book to complement your Asana and Meditation practices.
This top selling book from Michael A. Singer gives a fresh perspective on how to be a witness to our minds. His approach to moving through stuck patterns are practical. He guides one to help free themselves from the pain body. We include this awesome book on our required reading list for our 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Jennifer shares her personal journey of loss and humility from the East Coast to Santa Monica and how losing her hearing taught her to listen with her whole body which connected her even deeper to her yoga students, coworkers, friends and family.
If the word “Neuroscience” is intimidating, this book is for you! You don’t have to be a brain nerd to enhance your life and appreciate the science of every day living. Combine self help with science to open your mind and change your life!